About Us

Nithya Sahaya Matha Parish is located in Tenali, Andhra Pradesh (India). It is situated in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Guntur. It is under the pastoral care of Redemptorist Congregation. Primarily Nithya Sahaya Matha Parish was a substation of Peda Parimi Parish. In the year 1940 it was bifurcated, made into a Parish and Msgr. Fr. Kodadala Chinnapa, known to be a great apostle of Tenali because of his Charity and Sanctity, was made the first Priest in-charge. As soon as he began to minister to the people, he saw the need for a proper place for worship. With that end in mind, in 1950 he began the construction of the Church, completed it in 1952 and named it after our Mother of Perpetual Help. It was blessed by His Lordship Bishop Thomas Pothacamury. Memorable for their faith, service and love for the people - Rev. Fr. Anthaiah, Fr. Joseph Pannikatt and Fr. Patibandla William served in the Parish.

Tenali, in 1960’s, was a Cinderella among the Parishes of the Diocese. Spread over the entire Taluk, the Parish comprised over 30 villages. Though the area was very rich with fertile land and ground water, the Catholics were very poor - landless and daily labourers. To this multi-faceted Parish, in the year 1965, the then Bishop of Guntur Rt. Rev Bishop Mummadi Ignatius, invited the Redemptorists and entrusted to them the pastoral care of Tenali Parish, which was entitled ‘Nithya Sahaya Matha Parish’. Under the pioneering efforts of Rev. Fr. Cruice Sanjivi C.Ss.R., Fr. Raphael Mascarenhas C.Ss.R. and Fr. Martin Cushnan C.Ss.R., the Redemptorist Mission at Tenali was started. The tasks of the mission were to deepen and strengthen the people’s faith through direct proclamation of the Word, through the celebration of the sacraments, training catechists, education of the marginalised and career guidance to the younger generation in the Parish.

Since its inception the Nithya Sahaya Matha Parish has seen many prominent faces both religious and laity and has come a long way so much so its spoken of as one of the best Parishes in the Diocese. It has given birth to five new Parishes. At present it has nine substations. Novena to Nithya Sahaya Matha (Mother of Perpetual Help) is conducted every Saturday at 6 p.m. and the annual feast is celebrated on 2nd February.